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Arctic Highlights & Ice Hotel


from £1,895 pp - 6 days / 5 nights


Alta Snow Hotel, photo by Haman

Your winter holiday begins in the Northern Norway Capital – Tromsø is the home of the northernmost university and has the Arctic Sea as its closest neighbour. Tromsø is situated above the Arctic Circle and right in the centre of the Northern Lights zone. After enjoying the pulsating cultural and urban life of Tromsø, the Hurtigruten cruise will take you for an unforgettable journey further up north along the Norwegian coast line. When you thought this winter experience couldn‘t be more maximized – check in at Alta Igloo Hotel – a hotel completely built by snow and ice.

Package price is £1,895 per person, based on availability and sharing a twin or double room. Single supplement is £300.

2015 Departure Dates:

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12 Jan - 31 Mar
London Tromsø Daily excl. Wednesday
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Package includes


  • Flights from London to Tromso and Alta to London via Oslo on SAS or Norwegian Air (flights can be arranged from other UK airports upon request)
  • Shuttle bus transfers in Tromso and Alta
  • 1 night's accommodation at the Clarion Collection Hotel With, Tromso
  • 1 night's accommodation onboard the Hurtigruten: Tromso - Honningsvag in an unspecified outside cabin incl. dinner and breakfast
  • 3 hours excursion to the North Cape
  • 1 night's accommodation at the Scandic Hotel Bryggen, Honningsvåg
  • 1 night's accommodation at the Scandic Hotel Alta, Alta
  • Transfer: Rica Hotel Alta - Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel
  • 1 night's cold accommodation at the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel incl. transfers, breakfast and 3-course dinner
  • 3 hours Snowmobile Safari including transfer, warm clothing, safety equipment and coffee/tea
  • 5 x breakfast
  • All taxes

Day 1: Arrival in Tromsø

Arrival in Tromsø according to your itinerary. Tromsø is often referred to as the ?Arctic Capital? and is the largest Norwegian city above the Arctic city. In Tromsø we suggest a visit to the famous ?Polaria? museum, housed in a very distinctive building that represents ice floes that have been pressed up on land by the rough seas of the Arctic. Polaria has an Arctic aquarium, interesting knowledge-based exhibits and a panoramic cinema. Tromsø is known for having the most Northern Lights in the world! It‘s located in the middle of the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) zone, and is in fact one of the best places in the world to observe this phenomenon. Because of the planet's rotation, Tromsø moves into the aurora zone around 6 pm, and moves out again around midnight. The Northern light does not appear every night but the chances to experience it in Tromsø are definitely big!

Overnight at Clarion Collection Hotel With or similar.                                

Day 2: Tromsø – Honningsvåg cruise

Breakfast at the hotel. Half day of leisure before boarding the Hurtigruten cruise ship in the afternoon on board one of the Hurtigruten cruise ships you have a unique opportunity to explore the wonderful arctic landscape from the sea. With the glaciers, the colourful culture of the Inuit and wild animals this makes Hurtigruten one of the most exciting and beautiful voyages in the world.

Overnight onboard Hurtigruten in an outside cabin incl. dinner.

Day 3: North Cape & Honningsvåg

Breakfast on board. Today you have reached your final port onboard Hurtigruten, Honningsvåg. From here you will go for an excursion to the northernmost point of Norway – the North Cape. The tour goes by bus from Honningsvåg through the sub-arctic landscape towards our destination. The plateau itself rises 307 meters up from the Arctic Ocean which gives you a majestic view. Entrance to the North Cape Hall with viewing platform, souvenir shops, cinema, cafeteria and restaurant, is included in the excursion. Transfer back to Honningsvåg for overnight stay.

Overnight at the Scandic Hotel Bryggen or similar.

Day 4: Honningsvåg – Alta

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning is at your own leisure in Honningsvåg before your journey continues by local bus to Alta in the afternoon. From Honningsvåg you will drive through the underwater tunnel to the mainland, along the Porsangen fjord and across the pristine Sennalandet plains of Finnmark country, Norway‘s northernmost county.

Overnight at the Scandic Hotel Alta or similar.

Day 5: Alta – Sorrisniva (Snowmobile Safari & Igloo Hotel)

After having breakfast at the hotel start the day with a breathtaking snowmobile safari through the beautiful landscape of Finnmark. You will follow the old trade route towards Karasjok which offer a great variety of nature – from forest and valley to unending, snow-covered plains. You will also get a pre-view of the Igloo Hotel – your accommodation for the night before returning to Alta centre. Later in the afternoon you‘ll be picked up again for your overnight at the Igloo Hotel. The hotel measures approx 2000 square metres and the entire hotel with its 30 rooms are completely made of snow and ice. The temperatures inside the igloo remain constant between minus 4 and minus 7. Thanks to natural reindeer-hides, "mattresses" and sleeping-bags that keep you warm, you will have a comfortable night. We recommend wearing woollen underwear and a hat during the night.

Overnight at the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel incl. 3-course dinner (not available on Sundays).

Day 6: Departure from Alta

Breakfast and morning with sauna at the hotel before the bus takes you back to Alta. Departure from Alta airport.

The Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel: The Igloo Hotel is situated in Sorrisniva (former Alta Friluftspark), 20 kilometres from Alta town centre, in idyllic surroundings on the banks of the Alta River. The Igloo Hotel is the only one of its kind and has been built for the 15th time for 2014!

Clarion Collection With Hotel

Tromso, Norway - 3 stars
Clarion Collection Hotel With is a 3 to 4 star hotel located downtown Tromsø facing the sea and the mountains. Hotel is within walking distance of the Polar Museum, located on the waterfront in the historic Skansen area. 



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February 2013
Overall rating: (5/5)

Good Morning Iveta

Hope you are surviving our cold snap without any problems with your house or car?  It seems positively balmy to Mike & I after our fabulous trip to northern Norway where it registered -15 in Alta and Sorrisniva on our last 2 mornings!

We really enjoyed our whole trip which was very well organised thank you :O)

The Clarion Collection With Hotel in Tromso did indeed give us a room with a lovely view across the harbour.  It was the best of the 3 hotels with tea & coffee facilities in the room, complimentary hot drinks & waffles in the 'breakfast room' during the afternoon and a complimentary extensive buffet in the early evening - both available to all guests. Plus they had a computer in the foyer with free internet access and very helpful staff.

We would also like to compliment our guide Anja for an excellent evening out looking and successfully seeing 3 sightings of the Northern Lights. We were also lucky enough to see the Northern Lights twice more - on the cruise and at the Ice Hotel :O)

The cruise was lovely - inside cabin fine, ship well equipped and scenery spectacular. The only comment I would make is that because we boarded late in the day making the most of being able to explore Tromso - we found ourselves unable to choose our evening meal sitting so had to accept 8.30pm at night which was far too late for me.

The trip to the Northern Cape was again well organised.

The Rica Bryggen Hotel in Honningsvag also gave us a room with a view across the harbour but then there were only about 10 guests!  The hotel also had tea & coffee making facilities in the room and complimentary croissants & hot drinks in the foyer. The restaurant wasn't open in the evening but we told how to find the one restaurant which was called Z Corner (close to the Rica Hotel) which served excellent reasonably priced food.

We had a small but pleasant room at the Rica Hotel in Alta but were disappointed that they did not offer tea & coffee making facilities in the room nor had any complimentary drinks available in the foyer after a long but pleasant bus trip.

The Ice Hotel was fabulous. The snowmobile trip well organised & great fun and included a delicious soup & bread lunch, the staff at the hotel were lovely, there were complimentary hot drinks available and they allowed us to use their kick sleds to explore the area in the afternoon plus organised an Ice Carving session for us too which was great fun (we were the only guests in the afternoon and joined by just one other couple in the evening which made it all the more special!)  The evening meal was superb and we slept well in our ice room inside their very cosy sleeping bags :O)  An amazing end to our memorable trip.

Ps Breakfast was excellent in all 3 hotels and on the boat.

I hope this feedback is useful for you and I thank you once again for such a well organised & most enjoyable tour.

Regards, Tracy  S.

Visas

For your holidays to Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland or Ukraine, you will not need a visa if you have a valid passport from any EU country, Australia, Canada, USA, Japan (there are more, so check with us to make sure). Please note that your passport should be valid for at least six months after the date of your return.

However, if you plan to travel to Russia, you will need a visa, which we can help organise for you.

Will I see the Northern Lights?

Please scroll down to see the specifics for the country you wish to visit:

Iceland:
The Northern Lights are in the Northern sky from September through April but are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. Like many of natures wonders, it’s ephemeral – they may be visible, they may appear for a bit and then be gone. But it’s worth it to be patient. Because they’re a winter event, you need to be prepared to wait outside, while looking for them. It’s best to dress very warmly, in layers, with good footwear, gloves, hats and whatever else will make you comfortable while you await this truly amazing event. The Northern Lights can be pretty spectacular, and for the best photos we recommend using a tripod. Much of Iceland offers a very a good chance to see the Northern Lights when conditions are right. Remember – the Northern Lights are natural phenomena, not guaranteed, but appreciated all the more for their elusive qualities.

Norway:
Northern Norway is one of the world's best places to experience the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). In Northern Norway, Northern Lights occur in up to 90% of every clear night in the period from late September to late March. Most Northern Lights occur in the time span from 6pm to slightly after midnight, with an absolute peak at around 10-11pm. 

In Norway, the area north of the Arctic Circle is prime aurora territory. The various destinations in the High North have a distinct personality, and are well worth exploring. Major places in Northern Norway are Tromsø, Kirkenes, Alta, Bodø, Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands and Svalbard.

Finland:
The best place to see the Northern Lights in Finland is in the Northern Lapland region, which is almost entirely located within the realm of the Arctic Circle. During the dark winter months here, when the sun rarely peaks its head over the horizon, you can expect to see the Finland Northern Lights with regularity, and other peak seasons include February through March and September through October. The most common colours of the Northern Lights are greenish-yellow and red.

The Finnish term for the Northern Lights, Revontulet, meaning fox fire, comes from an old tale where the fox was believed to swish its bushy tail on the snowy fell landscapes, throwing sparks into the air.

As mentioned, Lapland is the best place to see the Finland Aurora Borealis, with the Kilpisjarvi area offering the most abundant opportunities. The best time of the day to see the Finland Northern Lights is between 9 pm and 11:30 pm, though they are certainly not restricted to this time frame.

Sweden:
In Northern Sweden, the Northern Lights usually occur during the winter months through late March or early April, but they can be spotted as early as September in the Northernmost parts. Your best chance of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights is on cold winter nights when the sky is clear and cloudless. You need to be away from city lights, which dilute the effects of these natural phenomena, so head out into the countryside. On clear nights, the Northern Lights can be visible from most locations in Swedish Lapland, occurring between 6 pm to and 2 am, with the strongest shows happening between 10 pm and 11 pm. For those willing to brave the cold on winter nights, here are some of the best locations in Swedish Lapland for viewing these phenomena:

Abisko National Park
Abisko National Park, a couple of kilometers north of Kiruna, is a prime location for viewing the Northen Lights. The scientifically proven “blue hole” — a patch of sky over the Torneträsk lake that usually remains clear despite overcast weather in surrounding areas — gives Abisko its own micro-climate, which is suitable for catching the lights.

Jukkasjärvi and the Torne Valley
Not only does the village of Jukkasjärvi (population roughly 541) boast the world’s first ice hotel (rebuilt ever year from Torne River ice), it’s also one of the best regions to view the Northern Lights. ICEHOTEL organizes guided tours for guests which takes the to the Esrange Space Center located 30 minutes from Kiruna. You can dine at a wilderness camp and get the chance to scan the Arctic winter sky for aurora borealis.

Other regions in Swedish Lapland
As mentioned earlier, if weather conditions are just right (clear, dark, cold, and cloudless), you might catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights from any location within subarctic and arctic Sweden — even close to larger towns such as Luleå, Jokkmokk, Arvidsjaur, and Gällivare.

Greenland:
The northern lights - or Aurora Borealis as it is officially known - actually occur all year round, but cannot be seen during the summer months in Greenland due to the midnight sun. The phenomenon is often seen around midnight and is best experienced on a dark, clear night in the period from September to the beginning of April. If you are travelling during this period, you can see the Northern Lights from anywhere in the country, whilst in South Greenland the northern lights can be seen from as early as the end of August.

 

Insurance

Travel insurance is required and also advisable. If you do not have a valid policy, please check our Insurance link on the bottom of our homepage. Our recommended partner is Essential Travel, who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Language

You will be able to communicate quite well with the locals, as most people in the service industry are quite adept at speaking English. If English doesn't work, then try Russian (if you can), or German. The further you go from the major cities, the less English you will hear. However, do not let the language barrier keep you from exploring the beauty of the country side. We can always arrange English speaking guides to accompany you wherever you wish to go.

The Estonian language is similar to Finnish and is unrelated to Latvian, Lithuanian or Russian. Latvian and Lithuanian are two of the oldest languages, with roots traceable to Sanskrit. This makes them quite challenging to learn, but attempting a few words will put a smile on the local faces. Russians use the Cyrillic alphabet, so reading street signs and tube maps will be a challenge in St Petersburg .

Currency

You can get local currency from ATMs at the airport where you land or in the major cities. Be aware that your bank will charge you a service fee and exchange rate fee for the transaction, but this is likely to be less than exchanging money in the UK before you depart. Please note that in Russia exchange bureau's and banks will not except Scottish bank notes.

We suggest choosing the right credit card for spending abroad. Most credit cards will have an additional cost (about 3%) to the bank exchange rates. You can avoid it by obtaining a specialist overseas card that does not add this % and will give you good exchange rates that are better than money exchange bureau rates. 

Credit cards charge you interest rates, but some debit cards (bank account cards) could have fees that could add up to £ 1.50 every time you spend.

We recommend checking with your bank what fees/interest rates will be applied to your card when using it abroad in order to make an educated decision on what card to use.

Most restaurants and shops will take credit/debit cards like Visa and Mastercard, however, many places will not accept AMEX. 

Traveller's cheques are difficult to cash, so we recommend not to use them.

Airport or ferry terminals in most cases will have the worst money exchange rates, so if you must get it from the airport, pre-order money for pick-up to get a better rate.

The local currencies are (alphabetic order):

Denmark - Danish Kroner
Estonia - Euro
Finland - Euro
Greenland - Danish Kroner
Iceland - Icelandic Kroner
Latvia - Euro
Lithuania - Lithuanian Litas
Norway - Norwegian Kroner
Poland - Polish Zloty
Russia - Russian Ruble
Sweden - Swedish Kroner
Ukraine - Hryvnia

Restaurants

Dining opportunities are plenty, from ethnic to exotic. We would suggest you to try some national dishes and get a real taste of the region. Note that most traditional dishes contain meat and are fairly heavy, but very tasty.

Reservations in advance are recommended for up-market restaurants, especially for Friday and Saturday evenings.

Tipping - many of the up-market establishments will let you know how good their service is by including it on the bill. Rounding up the bill is usually sufficient, unless you feel your server deserves an extra bit of recognition.

Transportation

Railway mostly serves domestic routes and is used as an easy and quick way to get from the capital to major cities of the country. There are some international routes, like to Moscow and St. Petersburg, but time spent on the way will be quite long.

Buses are one of the most convenient ways to travel between the Baltic States. Eurolines will get you between Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn. One way tickets will cost £ 15 - £ 20 and approximate travel time is 5 hours between the cities. Ticket reservations in advance are recommended.

Taxis are the quickest and most convenient way of travelling round the city. You'll find them located close to the main hotels. Usually it's quite easy to catch a taxi on the street, however, it's much better and safer to order one by phone. Taxi costs in all of the Baltic countries and Poland are approximately the same and a ride in the centre of the city will cost you approx £ 5 - £ 7.  Taxis in Finland and Russia are considerably more expensive.  It is always a good idea to get your hotel to book a taxi for you and ask approximately how much the trip will cost before you get in.

We would not recommend you to take public transportation within the city, as it's usually crowded and it may cause you unnecessary anxiety about where to stop.

Mobile Phones

There are several mobile operators in each Baltic country, the Nordics ( Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland incl. Iceland and Greenland as well as Poland, Ukraine and Russia.  If you have an international connection, there shouldn't be any problems with your incoming and outgoing calls.

In case your phone doesn't work, please check in the local mobilephone shops and you can buy Calling cards etc. or ask in your hotel, they should be able to advise you too.

Internet Access

Internet access is available at Internet Cafés, which mostly are located in the central part of the city. Most hotels have internet access.

Postal Services

Stamps are available in the post offices and in most newspaper kiosks. Approximate price for a stamp to European Union countries will vary but between appx. £ 0.30 to £ 0.70. You'll see post boxes on the streets or you can ask hotel representative to send your post card, they'll gladly help you.

Emergency Numbers

Emergency telephone number for the police, ambulance services or fire department in Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine and Poland - 112.

Greenland uses 911 and for mobile phones only 112.

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6 days / 5 nights from £1,895 pp

Price includes:

  • Flights from London to Tromso and Alta to London via Oslo on SAS or Norwegian Air (flights can be arranged from other UK airports upon request)
  • Shuttle bus transfers in Tromso and Alta
  • 1 night's accommodation at the Clarion Collection Hotel With, Tromso
  • 1 night's accommodation onboard the Hurtigruten: Tromso - Honningsvag in an unspecified outside cabin incl. dinner and breakfast
  • 3 hours excursion to the North Cape
  • 1 night's accommodation at the Scandic Hotel Bryggen, Honningsvåg
  • 1 night's accommodation at the Scandic Hotel Alta, Alta
  • Transfer: Rica Hotel Alta - Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel
  • 1 night's cold accommodation at the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel incl. transfers, breakfast and 3-course dinner
  • 3 hours Snowmobile Safari including transfer, warm clothing, safety equipment and coffee/tea
  • 5 x breakfast
  • All taxes

This tour is in Norway and is a Winter Holiday, Northern Lights, Individual Tour, Tailor Made Holiday, Solo Traveller, Wedding and Activity Holiday


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